Economy

Extinction Rebellion calls on Batemans Bay to face the truth of the climate emergency
News
Extinction Rebellion (XR) has a stark message for Batemans Bay residents and businesses: life on Earth is in crisis and we need to act accordingly. XR Eurobodalla will stage its first local climate protest tomorrow (Saturday, October 19), carrying a ‘blue line’ down North Street to demonstrate the impact the predicted sea level rise will have on local businesses. Local...
Sale of Moruya based telco set to deliver $785,714 to southern councils
News
The second-largest home phone provider in regional Australia, the Moruya based Southern Phone is in the process of being sold to one of the countries largest energy providers in a move that will deliver a cash injection to local government. Southern Phone, has entered into a conditional agreement under which AGL Energy Limited (AGL) is proposing to acquire 100% of...
Braidwood and Bungendore community banking a win win for all
Business
The Braidwood and Bungendore community banks, operating under the Palerang Financial Services (PFSL), have announced this year’s dividend for the financial year ending June 30 is a fully franked 7.5 cents. PFSL Chairman, Shane Holness says “The community banks in both Braidwood and Bungendore experienced challenging business conditions but we are pleased with our results." "I would like to salute...
Rural Lands Strategy sign off, “a fantastic result for our entire region”
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council says it's pleased with amendments to the long talked about and much debated Rural Lands Strategy which has just been signed off on by the NSW Planning Department. "And we are thankful for the time and constructive input that has been provided by many people in our community in the development of the Rural Lands Strategy and...
Funding for new Eurobodalla dam as water restrictions start
News
With a summer of water restrictions starting this week in the Eurobodalla comes welcome funding from the NSW Government for a big new water storage in the shire. Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced $26.3 million for the design and construction of the Eurobodalla Southern Water Storage, west of Bodalla on the banks of the Tuross River. "The Eurobodalla...
Government looking to regulate short-term holiday rentals, code of conduct on the way
News
Far from the low-key implication of its name, which stands for "air mattress B and B," the well-known San Francisco company Airbnb, founded in 2008, has redefined how we travel and holiday and has inspired the launch of similar travel websites. But the short term rental accommodation market in Australia has been largely unregulated since the arrival of booking websites,...
Eurobodalla Community Engagement Framework out for comment
News
Think Eurobodalla Shire Council can engage better with the community on planning matters? Council's draft Community Engagement Framework and Participation Plan is now on public exhibition. Council began research on developing a community engagement framework in April 2015, with the aim of identifying how Council’s current practices could be improved. Council’s Audit Committee recommended Council seek independent advice and undertake an analysis to determine...
Bega Council leads the way in reducing landfill with compostable nappy trial
Environment
Bega Valley locals and Bega Valley Shire council are stepping up to find a solution for one of Australia’s trickiest waste issues, the use of plastic nappies and incontinence products, of which an estimated 800 million are put into landfill each year. Fifty families have been issued a complimentary supply of Tasmanian-based compostable nappy manufacturer Eenee's products and for part...
Bega Valley parking inspector goes full time
News
The Bega Valley now has a fulltime, dedicated parking inspector, following a trial that issued $76,000 in fines. Councillors have unanimously endorsed the new position pointing to positive feedback from local businesses. "Shop keepers speak glowingly about turn over being up," Cr Russell Fitzpatrick said at this weeks Council meeting. "One shop keeper I spoke to said he'd had a...
Capital result for ACT tourism with record visitor growth 
News
The number of overseas and domestic visitors to the ACT continues to grow, with the ACT Government touting the year ending June 2019 as the most successful for tourism on record. Tourism Research Australia Visitor Survey data released on Wednesday shows 2.90 million Australian overnight visitors, 2.31 million Australian day-trippers, and 266,278 international visitors came to the capital in the...
“Life is about language,” which is why ‘climate emergency’ fits
Opinion
Having earlier accepted the term 'climate emergency' in the wording around the Shire's soon to be exhibited Climate Resilience Strategy, a rescission motion from Cr Robyn Bain brought the matter back to the chamber for discussion at Bega Valley Shire Council today. "Life is about language," Cr Bain told the overflowing room of onlookers. In Cr Bain's view the term 'climate...
PODCAST – Festival of Open Minds, Aly Khalifa
Podcast
Currently living in Wollongong, Aly Khalifa is an innovator of global stature focused on social impact and sustainability. Aly is driven by harvesting plastic waste from our oceans and turning it into useful products as part of a circular economy. His training as both a designer and mechanical engineer, coupled with deep international manufacturing experience, has enabled him and his...
New ideas for climate action up for discussion in Eurobodalla
News
The 600 people who filled the lawn in front of the Eurobodalla Shire Council during the Global Climate Strike on September 20 wanted action on climate change at all levels of government. “They are determined, passionate and clear about what needs to be done to avert a climate catastrophe," says Allan Rees from Eurobodalla 350.org “It was bigger than any...
$6,000 fine to developer prompts warning from Eurobodalla Council
News
Following a $6,000 on the spot fine for a Eurobodalla developer, Council is urging residents to err on the side of caution when it comes to development consent. The recent fine was associated with unauthorised earthworks, with Councl concerned by a spate of illegal development involving tiny houses, demountables, cabins, and shipping containers in the past year. “Residents should remember that...
“Double dipping” on Bega Valley pools rejected by Council
News
Bega Valley Shire Council has rejected claims of "double dipping" on pools funding made by a former Mayor and General Manager at a recent public meeting. Council is in the midst of testing the communities response to a 'Special Rate Variation' (SRV) to pay for  the maintenance of the Shire's six public swimming pools as well as fund new and upgraded...
Green light on NSW trout season this long weekend
Sport
With the backdrop of ongoing drought, this long weekend marks the official opening of the New South Wales trout season. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Fisheries Manager Cameron Westaway says that in spite of the very dry conditions, there are still many popular fishing spots and waterways in good condition closer to the Great Divide in the northern...
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